West Hills Middle Students Impress Judges in “We the People” Event

Students presenting to judgesWest Hills Middle School 8th graders recently participated in the nationwide ‘We the People’ event, which spotlights Constitutional history, law and civics. The event combines knowledge of the Constitution, while defending their beliefs, rights and roles as U.S. citizens.

The students were judged by what some called an “all-star” team of volunteer judges from the community. The panel of judges included local lawmakers, Board of Education members, school district administrators, parents and a former Utah congressman. The U.S. history students worked in 12 cooperative teams to present statements before the panel. The community members acted as congressional committee members, listening to the students and asking questions.

Each team was assigned a specific topic and question to answer. Students presented on their topic, and then answered follow-up questions by the volunteer panelists. Students were scored on their presentation skills, research and preparedness on everything from the Philadelphia Convention to equal representation and freedom of speech.

The highest-scoring team overall received an average score of 57 out of 60 points on their presentation for Unit 1. Those team members were Ginny Clegg, Ellie Luker, Courtney Reading, and Dallin Wilde.

All teams will now compete at the District level ‘We the People’ competition on Jan. 31.

Thanks to the distinguished panel of judges for volunteering their time and helping to make the event a success.

Congratulations to all the students who participated for their hard work on this project!

Principal McLeod Gets First Look Inside New Hidden Valley Middle School

Principal Sean McLeod standing with open arms. It will open for the upcoming 2020-21 school year and already, Hidden Valley Middle School’s Principal Shawn McLeod cannot wait to welcome students, faculty and staff. Mr. McLeod got his first look inside the school, which is currently under construction in Bluffdale across the street from Mountain Point Elementary School. Mr. McLeod is very impressed with all the ways Hidden Valley Middle is being built with technology in mind.

Construction work is being done in phases and the majority of the school is now enclosed. The roof is finished and some crews are working on plumbing and electricity while others are completing window installation. The office area is already painted and some cabinets have been installed.

Hidden Valley Middle School is the same model as the new West Jordan Middle and construction is on time with the school on track to open in the upcoming school year.

Bingham High Students Enter Beautiful ‘Festival of Trees’ Project in FCCLA Competition

FCCLA Students standing by treeThis past holiday season was even more meaningful to a local family whose young daughter is battling brain cancer – thanks to the kindness and caring of some Bingham High School students.

Presley Necaise and Madi Holmquist are both Bingham High students who are part of the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, FCCLA program. They were in charge of providing a tree for the ‘Festival of Trees.’ Knowing that money raised from the festival benefits Primary Children’s Hospital, they decided to dedicate their tree to a young Utah girl named Billie who found out, while on vacation in California, that she has brain cancer. Billie’s life was turned upside down with the diagnosis but she has been fighting like a warrior to beat the cancer and survive.

The Bingham High students say they were honored to decorate their tree as a tribute to the strong girl Billie is and will continue to be throughout her battle – and to support her on the journey toward beating brain cancer.

The ‘Festival of Trees’ project will now compete in a FCCLA STAR Event competition which recognizes high school students for actively identifying an issue concerning families or communities and advocating for positive change.

KSL’s Dan Rascon Gets “Up Close” with Supercast Podcast

Are you interested in what goes into creating the Supercast Podcast hosted by Superintendent Anthony Godfrey? KSL TV’s Dan Rascon follows the Superintendent as he records an episode for the weekly podcast and finds out what drives Dr. Godfrey to tell the compelling stories of Jordan School District.

If you would like to catch up on the latest episodes of the Supercast, go to supercast.jordandistrict.org.

Riverside Elementary School Student is Grand Champion Vocalist in Prestigious National Competition

Kaylee Bucio is awarded an oversized check She is just 8-years-old and in the third-grade at Riverside Elementary School but Kaylee Bucio is not letting her young age get in the way of singing success. Kaylee recently competed against middle, high school and college-aged students from all over the United States in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, Texas. Kaylee wowed the judges and audience with her beautiful voice and was crowned Grand Champion Vocalist – she also won first-place in the elementary school category. The competition represents the very best musical talent in Mariachi throughout the country.

Kaylee has a one-year contract and will now represent the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in performances throughout the United States. She is also the recipient of a $2,500 performance grant and a $200 grant for winning first-place in her category.

Kaylee’s vocal coach in Utah, Martha Chavez, says Kaylee is in a category all her own with the gift of pitch and she is dedicated to pursuing a vocal career with lots of hard work and doing what she loves every day – singing.

Congratulations, Kaylee!